dialogue | Samah Ezzat: The leadership cares about young people … and 40 million children are the president’s top priorities

The time has come for the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood to return to the Presidency of the Republic … and it’s just about children.

Samah Ezzat, a writer specializing in children’s literature: Meeting President Sisi is a “qualitative leap” in my literary career.

The political leadership is very interested in the children’s dossier..40 million Egyptian children are at the top of the president’s priorities

The stories “The Ship Evergiven” and “Hayat and Karima” were a great success.

Since the beginning of her literary and cultural career, the author and announcer, Samah Abu Bakr Ezzat, has been interested in children’s literature, and in this regard she has written many stories and novels aimed at children, especially her famous story about the stranded ship “Everjivin”, and the story “Hayat and Karima”, and other writings and stories that She left a huge impact on children, which President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi requested to meet her and talk to her about her literary works for children, directing her support and assistance to take care of the various affairs of the Egyptian child. Regarding the interview with the President of the Republic, her literary works and her future plans, Samah Abu Bakr speaks to “Akhbar Al-Youm” in the following dialogue:

You recently met with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. How did you feel during this meeting?

I am very happy to meet the President of the Republic, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and it was a very pleasant surprise, and a very great appreciation for me, and my feelings were mixed with pride and happiness. Throughout the Republic, he then took time to meet Samah Ezzat, the author who specializes in children’s literature.

Discussion with the President

What are the key issues covered by the meeting with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi?

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Culture, Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, and we talked about children, their education and the future of the child in Egypt. Note that the number of children in Egypt currently reaches 40 million children, and this is not a small number, it is rather considered a state census, and during the meeting I discussed the extent of the president’s interest in the child and the development of his personality, and the most important thing is his interest in how to develop the Egyptian identity within the Egyptian child, especially that children are currently They have changed from our Egyptian dialect to speaking in a baptized way, and then we must the spirit of belonging in them, and all these things we need more effort and work on in the coming period through various initiatives and the activation of multiple and diverse activities for children, and through different versions of the child, So that there is an integrated system for the child who works to achieve this goal in many ways.

You have many dreams related to the child and his education, and you also have some projects for the child. What are the most prominent of these dreams and projects?

Indeed, I have many dreams and projects for the different stages of the child, to deal with him and raise him in a healthy education, but I can not talk about it now until I have obtained the necessary approvals and completed some procedures not since I have different activities and initiatives for children. We are also keen for the participation of children in the initiatives undertaken by the state, such as the presidential initiative “A Dignified Life.” offline.

motherhood and childhood

Do you think that the realization of any project related to the child is linked to the activation of the role of the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood?

Of course, because the most important thing in this period is that there must be a competent authority that is involved in everything related to the child. Before the January 25 revolution, there was the National Council for Children and Motherhood, and it was intended to supervise the child’s file in the state. After the revolution it was withdrawn from the presidency of the Republic and joined the Ministry of Health. His role is limited to vaccinations only, knowing that the childhood stage does not stop at the age of vaccinations, and we have 40 million Egyptian children up to the age of 18, and until we activate what we want, we will expand within the different ministries such as education, youth and sports, culture and health, so it should be There is a specialized and specialized body in the different affairs of the child, and it monitors the child’s file in the different ministries.

That is why I call for, appeal to and demand that the role of the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood be activated and return to the Presidency of the Republic, such as the National Council for Women and the National Council for Human Rights. In my humble opinion, the National Council for Women naturally includes the mother. It follows the Presidency of the Republic, gains greater powers and has executive power until it becomes an effective force that oversees all the child’s projects we want to undertake, and can discuss, dialogue and communicate with various ministries and other parties.

You are participating in the “I Speak Arabic” initiative aimed at Egyptian children abroad, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Immigration. How do you feel about the impact of this initiative?

Indeed, I am taking part in the “I speak Arabic” initiative with Ambassador Nabila Makram, Minister of Immigration and Egyptians Abroad, an initiative that will communicate with our children abroad to speak Arabic and the Egyptian dialect, and it had a huge impact, and within the framework of this initiative, I traveled to Sharm El-Sheikh and with 80 an Egyptian child living abroad, and I also participated in an Egyptian delegation that the Visited Dubai Expo in the UAE, and all these participations achieved positive results.

Children’s literature

Attention to children’s literature has become an urgent necessity in light of the multitude of developments that society is currently witnessing. What are the most important things to consider when submitting a literary work to children?

Children’s literature is very important for the formation of the child’s personality at a young age, and His Excellency the President indicated in his Mother’s Day speech that society should pay attention to the development of the personality of our children, and all this completes the system because children’s literature not only provides a story for children’s entertainment, but the story may contain awareness or A reference to a problem our children are suffering from and then direct them to a specific thought or policy in dealing with the other Currently children’s literature deals with many topics that have not been addressed before, including the achievements and events in which we live today, and connects them to what we live in our daily lives, and they should not be Treat the child so small and understand not, but on the contrary, he must share what we live in a simple and easy way, and we must make him feel that he is part of the decision-making or that he is part of d ie event and has a role in it.

And how did the idea of ​​your story about the ship “Evergiven” come about? .. What about the reactions to it?

The reactions were very great from the children, and their printing was carried out from the markets, and I did not expect all this success, and her idea came during my follow-up to the famous shipwreck event in the Suez Canal, and in my continuous communication with the children, I found great interest in them in this event, and some of them were optimistic and confident that we would overcome the crisis, and others were coordinated behind the irony and felt that we would not be able to overcome. the crisis, and after we overcame the crisis, I was in Alexandria and on the sidelines of one of the events with the Minister of Culture dr. Enas Abdel Dayem and dr. Haitham Al-Hajj, head of the book authority, met and we talked about the matter, and at that time Dr. excited. Haitham came up with the idea to write a children’s story about this event, and as soon as I returned to Cairo, I started working on it and the information from its original sources. Then came the most difficult step, that’s how to get this information. simplify and present it in the form of a story for the child while dressing him afterwards, especially since the end of the story is known and the child always loves the stories so he knows their end, and I have concluded that the narrator is a child like them with his family ties to his grandfather and father, and it became apparent during the story that nothing is impossible, and that Egypt went through many crises and came out of it, as the nationalization of the Suez Canal, and in At the end the child is going to hoist the flag of Egypt on the coast, celebrate this achievement and drive the ship with Egyptian hands, and I tried to get the child involved in the story, so we have a form handed out to the ship and the child collected it.

Decent life

How did the idea of ​​”Hayat and Karima” come about?

I took part in the initiative of a decent life in Sinai to develop four villages with the General Authority for Cultural Palaces and Caravans going to children in Sinai, and I saw the achievements, and I thought it necessary that children of these projects know launched by the president, and the idea of ​​the story revolves around a girl named “Hayat” and a girl named her Karima, and the life of an Egyptian girl living abroad arrives in Egypt and lost her phone with all her residence data on it. The other girl, “Great,” meets her and asks her to stay with her in her house in Aswan, and there she gets to know Aswan, and sees its development in the streets, health unit and buildings, Upon her return, she decided to participate in the “Decent Life” initiative by acquiring handmade products made by a generous mother and sold abroad for the benefit of the initiative.

You come from an artistic and literary family, your father is the artist Abu Bakr Ezzat, and your mother is the writer Kawthar Heikal .. How did they influence you? .. and how did you start writing?

Of course, my family was the secret behind my interest in writing, and since my childhood I have loved children and treated my friends as if I were their mother, and it is known that the upbringing of a child begins at the age of 5 years, and I loved stories and I was raised in my grandmother’s house and she was the biggest influence in my life, she always told me The stories and I changed and presented it to her, and she added me or deleted and connected with me, and it created for me a kind of communication with the children, and from my childhood the children called me Mama Samah, whether in the program I present or outside, and I had the children’s love for me, and the beginning was with dramatic stories for children with a company The Voice of Cairo, including the series “Aladdin and Amo Amin’s Treasure,” received the gold award in the screenplay of the Arab Media Festival, and series and films continued until after writing and out giving of books and stories.

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